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Unformatted text preview: The Best CountYy, a Fairy Tale On the island of MaIaiIa there is an inn. lt has been there for man)/ generations. When this story started, it wos run by a couple who took good care of it and made their guests feel at home. Foreign guests would come back year after year and send their friends. The couple had five daughters who went to school and enjoyed meeting the guests of the inn, who told them about foreign lands. On weekends the family would hold a parTy for the guests, where the five girls would sing and dance. that is on youi ' When the oldest girl, Satu, had finished school she stofted to help at the inn. A young foreigner, who had stoyed with them several times with his family, fell in love with her snd she with him. When he came backto the inn the next year, they married, and she followed her husbond back to his country. By that time the second daughter, Dua, hod just completed school, and she tookher sister's place at the inn. Some time later she also feII in love with a young man who was their guest. She maryied him and went with him to his country. Mony years later, when the daughters themselves had adult children in their different countries, the old innkeeper died. The daughters allflew backwith their families for his funerol and wept over their beloved father. And after the funeral they sat together with their mother. lt was decided that their mother would seII the inn to a )/oung couple who had presented themselves ond would come and live with one of her daughters. But with whom? Each daughter and son-in-law offered their house for Grondma to retire to. And Grandma asked her five eldest grandchildren to describe to her what life in each of the foreign countries would be like. Satu's daughter said: "Grandma, you wiII Iove our country. We believe in the ights of the individual. We believe oII people are different, and they have a right to be different. I canpursuemy owninterests, do my ownthing, and nobody wiII stop me.l can have my own opinions, and nobody can prevent me from expressing them.l can choose my own friends, and I can vote for the leaders I like, and nobody can teII me otherwise." "But how cun you be anybody in your country?" asked Aunt Lima. "Doesn't who you are depend on where maintaininq h;friends is lhe trr-r How can yoLt t', -'ness with other : established har: "ln our coui:' people speak ti,:: ter. "We don t :', :: harmony's sak: whot you m;1.: what your fan::.'" The third girl, Tiga, took Dua's place, but Iike her older sisters, she also feII in love with a foreign guest, and after a time she too went abroud with her new husband. you came from and on the And so it went with the fourth and fifth daughters, Ampat ond Lima. The innkeeper and his wife were now alone, their family spread aII oround the globe. The daughters sent their friends to the inn, which their parents continued to run. 3o groups you belong to? How can you expect your people to be loyal to you if you are not Ioyal to them? And who wiII take care of Grandma when she needs help? lrVho takes care of your father's aged relatives?" And don'tyou get into many conflicts? said Aunt Ampat. "Do you really say everything Thot also n?eJr-i cally expect cur '. father's relotr'. e: ter them. 11. ;r. Grandma, an: -' children os lcn--- , time they are _:i-", Iook after thin-.. them to look ;:: "But do ch;,:., Iearnto pla_r ;i::, Tiga looked si,::' "Our chilCr=.. . Satu's dauqhr:: brothers ond,.,-.li if they w,ant :: ' also free to ,l-. ::. own toys;thut ;-. sponsible for ri.:' "What c b;ir: "but listen to n:', I think we re;.",.'" Dua's son s::: Grandma. 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JOJ satuwDl Ji-','patp ra... aql 2f,1anos pazryAp -tsnq op uaAa Jo nqlafiol4tont nof, un MoH Jo uortDpunoJ aqt s! spua!4 -ralJlp rraq| Lj! '_. puD saAtlDIaJ nof,qyn fuowot1 1uturolutow uayq1nop a'..: puo'aapnal lno pap atr4'tood fitan n fpoqou puo 't\tu ,Oaa s ,{poqo11 'sa6a1uud lonads 'pnba IIV snt1 fpoqou 'sil16!r awDs aLl] aADq pq1 p6to1 nof pq lpulw nof uo sr ]Dtll 'Discussing with a child of two?" said Aunt Lima. "Now come onl nephew, aren'tyou jokinq? Is that porental love? We love our chil- "Do fathers also comfort children if they cry?" asked Aunt Limo. "lsn't that for you to do, Tiga?' 'They come to whoever is closest by," said Aunt Tiga, somewhat upset. "What is wrong with that? When the children were b abies their be accepted in_r our,- very surprised. "True, that 11 i-i : Jren and protect them and make them feel safe, but we do not discuss adult topics with them. But let's hear from Tiga's daughter about Iife in her country." And Tiga's daughter said, "Come live with tts, Grandma. ln our country people care for others regordless of whether they are friends or strangers.lf someone needs help, she wiII get it. If someone cannot provide for himself, the country provides for him. We feel responsible for everybody." father played with them just as much as I did. No, we do not make such a big thinq about a person being a man or o woman. If my daughter wants to learn carpentry, she is free to do so.lf my son wants to play with dolls, we wiII not stop him. Men and women wear the same clothes, go to the some places, ond have the same rights and duties. Many of our leaders "Doesn't that make people lazy?" asked ,lunt Dua. "Whot's the use of doing your best if the country wiII take care of you anywoy?" "l don't think so," said Tiga's daughter. "We exped people to do their best but not to try overly hard to be the best-or to believe themseh,es to be better than others. We think that smoll is beautiful, and we do not like people n'ho make themselves important and asserti'e. As children we learn to be modest and unassuming." "Even boys?" Aunt Satu sounded very surprised.'Caring for the weak and being modest is natural for girls. Girk should be soft; we also do the uying, don't we? Shouldn't boys Iearn to be tough ond assertive and to fight?' "Funny you would soy that," said Tigo's Coughter. "We don't make so much of a difference in educating boys or girls. We don't Iike any child to fight-girls or boys. And in our country boys may cry just as much os girb; their parents wiII comfort them in the same rt ot'. We believe it makes everybody happier." 32 are women, and they are respected just as much as the men are." "What a decadent country!" Aunt Ampat cried out. "My son wiII teII you whot a good country I landed in, Grandmo." And Ampat's son began, "ln our country we believe in order and self-discipline. There are clear rules that everybody has to respect. Some of the stories you told about your countries moke me very nervous. What if our children won't learn how to behave?" "lsn't the way you educate your children rigid ond dogmatic, then?" said Aunt Dua. "lsn't the way you educate your children wishy-washy?" countered Ampat's son. "Ours is o principled country, that is true. We like to know the Truth and to teach it to the children. We do not like people who do otherwise. Those who do not think or behave like we do pose a threat to our way of life." "You seem to forget that you ore different yourself;your mother came in as a foreigner. How did that go? How could a stranger ever Ampat. "l hod tc ,.:' very carefulto bei.-', my husband help:: 'Andyou, chilir:: your mother bein-: :. "No, we weren: :'is so" said AtllprJi -< r now and then srl^': mysisterforbeir,: :. an extra efforl tc c: try.' 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